I picked up one of the new Hofner Contemporary Club basses the other day. I must say they are very nice. The first thing was to get those damn round wound strings off. I put on a set of Thomastik-Infeld flats. They are nice but I still prefer the Hofner flats. The TI's play and sound well but are a bit softer than I am used to. I purchased a black club. The fit and finish are well done. The only difference you will notice is that when shown on various web pages they are showing a German made with black pickguard and control plate. The Contemporary comes with white pearloid. I have owned several German Clubs and I must say the Contemporary feels much sturdier and more substantial. I found that on the three German Clubs I have owned I ended up chasing the neck back and forth and constantly having to adjust the truss rod. It had nothing to do with weather but rather the weak necks and structure. On the Contemporary I made the adjustment and it has held its ground 3 days now and stays in tune. It reminded me a bit of the Epiphone Woody Allen, however I prefer the more compact club bass. Electronics are standard Hofner German fare and sounds as expected. Two draw backs. No hardcases are available and there are no more left at Hofner USA. There were very few released. What you are seeing out there is it for a bit. If you need one now spend the $699 you see on Ebay. I don't think you will be disappointed. Oh yes, there are 3 colors out there. Black, Tobacco Sunburst, and Cherry.